Last updated: 27 11 2020
Dalarna covers the same area as Belgium, but with the difference that here there are just under 300,000 inhabitants, while there are 10.5 million inhabitants in the same area in Belgium. Dalarna's largest lake, Siljan, was formed by a meteorite impact around 360 million years ago. Today, the Siljan area is a great tourist destination, and the lake forms a fantastic view, framed by the tall blue mountains in the north.
Municipalities in Dalarnas län
Choose the municipality in Dalarnas län that you want to read more about below.
Are you thinking of moving here? How would you like to live, and where? There are many options in Dalarna, which is made up of 15 municipalities that are all different from each other. What are you looking for? A modern apartment in town or a house in the country, with cows grazing in a meadow outside your window? Or perhaps something in between?
Life in Dalarna offers plenty of variety. The mountains are nearby, as are waterways and countryside - but you are never far from towns either. There are many possibilities. Once you have decided to move here, we recommend that you contact the new residents contact officer in the municipality you are moving to. They have a network of contacts in the municipality, with information about child care, housing, schools/education programmes. Contact information is here.
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Business and employers
Dalarna's business community has great variety: from large international corporations like SSAB in steel and ABB in power to small and medium-sized companies. For example, the county has thousands of entrepreneurs of locally produced food and a large number of tourist businesses, large and small, spread across it. From raw materials to high tech to service and medical care. A third of Region Dalarna's staff will retire over the next ten years, so hiring will increase over the next few years. And in Dalarna you have the opportunity of enhancing your career with real quality of life.
The dalarna.se website has links to ads for vacant jobs, the municipalities' business office, information about business and investment support, business associations etc.
Schools and education
Dalarna University was established in 1977 and has since then grown quickly. The two campus areas in Falun and Borlänge offer just over 60 programmes and around 1,100 courses with education adapted to the labour market. The university has around 16,000 students and around 800 employees. There is also a great range of comprehensive and upper secondary schools. More information about them and childcare can be found on the municipalities' websites.
Region Dalarna provides health and medical care to the county's inhabitants and visitors, including dental care. When you or a member of your family becomes ill and needs advice during the daytime on weekdays, phone your medical care centre. They are listed here. The district GP or medical care staff will take care of the most common complaints and will refer you to specialist care if necessary. When you need emergency medical care you should phone your medical care centre or 1177 Vårdguiden before you go to the Accident & Emergency ward. If the situation is serious, or if you or a family member needs immediate help, phone 112.
Culture and leisure
Culture helps people develop. Self-esteem and expression, imagination and creativity are all strengthened when we experience, create, and learn new things. And where people grow democracy also develops. The goal of Region Dalarna's activities is that they should be broad-based and of high quality, and spread throughout the county. Support for culture, popular education, civic life and schools increases opportunities for everyone who lives here to influence developments in society. There should be many actors in areas of culture and education. Creative environments contribute to social networks, regional development and growth.
On Visit Dalarna there is lots of information about various leisure activities and events throughout the county.
Associations and organisations – civil society
We have a broad and strong range of associations. Organisations such as the Swedish Red Cross and Save the Children, just like churches and religious associations, have a prominent role in the county, and in several municipalities there are activities and meeting places to ensure established and newly arrived persons can meet other inhabitants of the municipalities. Many municipalities have their own association registers, which can be found on the website of the municipality in question.